Archive for the ‘Going Green’ Category

February 05, 2013

Goedzak Garbage Bag

Goedzak-42Maarten Heijltjes & Simon Akkaya are the Dutch designers behind Goedzak – a special garbage bag for items that are still useable. ‘Goedzak’ means both ‘good bag’ and ‘do-gooder’ in Dutch. According to the engineers, their concept is a friendly way to offer products a second chance and stimulate sustainable behavior.

Goedzak is one of the resulting designs from Akkaya’s graduation project “Design for Altruism” at Delft University of Technology. His goal was to design products that stimulate people to act to benefit others, preferably complete strangers.

Source: Springwise

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February 03, 2013

Volcane and Lagune Coffee Tables

volcaneDesign studio Bellila have created Volcane and Lagune, coffee tables that feature built-in gardens. Volcane is a table with a strong mineral character, which proposes a subtle dosage between function and aesthetics. Lagune is a sober and general-purpose table, which can welcome easily a landscape, a Zen garden, or even a pond with fish.

Source: Contemporist

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January 31, 2013

E+ For Effort

e-green-home-facadeThe E+ Green Home, a concept house located an hour outside Seoul, not only points the way to a greener South Korea, it may well be the most sustainable house in the country. Riding a wave of dissatisfaction with high-rise dwelling, growing numbers of South Koreans are looking for a different, more sustainable way to live. And a new housing prototype in Kyeong-Gi—the E+ Green Home—showcases the sustainable building prowess of the firm Kolon Engineering and Construction and also the design acumen of Seoul’s Unsangdong Architects Cooperation.

Source: Dwell

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January 06, 2013

Low Energy Bamboo House

Bamboo comes to the small town of Rotselaar, Belgium, with Low Energy Bamboo House by AST 77 Architecten, a long and narrow new home (26.3 m x 4.5 m) replacing old structures and running along an existing retaining wall. Trees on the forested, sloped site provide shade in summer and allow passive solar gain in winter through strategically located windows. A heat pump, floor heating, extensive insulation, and a ventilation system, all tied to the orientation of the house, create a low energy footprint. Signalling sustainability, the exterior is clad in bamboo rods set in a black steel frame.

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December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays from Hold It Home!

Hold It Contemporary Home will be closed Christmas Day. We will re-open Wednesday, December 26th at 10am. From all of us here at Hold It, we wish a happy holiday to you and yours!

Our inspiration for a modern Christmas comes from Seattle-based designer Michele Weingeist. Weingeist’s recycled aluminum, sustainable Tannenboing tree is designed to appeal to your modern sensibility and your green lifestyle! We love this new twist on an old tradition!

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December 16, 2012

Better Place by Francisco Sarria

Francisco Sarria has designed a showroom in Copenhagen, Denmark for the zero-emission vehicle company Better Place. The main concept of the visitor centre is the use of green technology shaped by green interior architecture. The space was designed to create an emotive trip that invites visitors to explore, play and learn.

Source: Contemporist

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December 08, 2012

Kurk Desk Lamp by Craig Foster

British designer Craig Foster has created Kurk, a flat pack desk lamp made of cork, that requires no screws or glues to assemble. Focusing on the life cycle of the product, each part of Kurk can be recycled or reused individually when it is no longer needed as a light. The sustainability and visual properties of cork make Kurk a unique, environmentally friendly alternative to standard desk lights.

Source: Contemporist

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November 19, 2012

LivingHomes CK Series

LivingHome built the first LEED Platinum home in the nation, and just launched three new LivingHomes in the CK Series.

The CK Series is inspired by the C6, the first affordable LivingHome that was introduced earlier this year, and LivingHomes designed by Ray Kappe. It is specifically designed for urban, infill, city lots. As with all LivingHomes, they offer a LEED Platinum level environmental program.

Steve Glenn, CEO of LivingHomes, says, “For the first time, homeowners are able to get a home that offers great, modern design and an extremely comprehensive environmental program at a price that is less than the cost to build a traditional home on site in many cities. And we build a higher quality home in half the time!”

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October 22, 2012

Luxury Tiny House on Wheels

Leaf House is the creation of small home enthusiast Laird Herbert from Whitehorse, Canada, who was inspired by the idea of building his own home.

The Version. 2 luxury rolling house features many self-sustaining elements including a composting toilet, propane tankless hot water system, propane GE range half fridge, Ecoheat electric baseboards, LED and halogen lighting and a 35-gallon water storage unit.

Source: Jeston Green

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October 13, 2012

Science Barge Greenhouse

The Science Barge is a prototype sustainable urban farm operating as an environmental education center. The Science Barge greenhouse, floating on the Hudson River, grows an abundance of fresh produce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff.

All of the energy needed to power the Barge is generated by solar panels, wind turbines, and biofuels while the hydroponic greenhouse is irrigated solely by collected rainwater and purified river water. It is the only fully functioning demonstration of renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York.

 

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